NBC is hoping the third time really is the charm when it comes to remaking cult hit series The IT Crowd – but this time, they're not taking any chances. Show creator Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books) has confirmed that The Peacock Network is developing a remake of the Channel 4 comedy and that he will be writing and executive producing the project.
Patrick Daly (producer, August: Osage County) and Jon Rolph, who runs original series producer FremantleMedia UK's Retort, will also serve as executive producers; with Universal Television producing.
For his part, Linehan is keeping things simple, direct and to the point for now:
"Oh, yeah. Working on it. Don't expect the same kind of show and everyone will be happy."
Set in the offices of the fictional Reynholm Industries, The IT Crowd revolved around the three staff members of its IT department: a geeky genius named Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), the work-shy Roy Trenneman (Chris O'Dowd), and Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson), the department head/relationship manager, who knows nothing about IT. The show also focuses on the bosses of Reynholm Industries: Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) and later, his son Douglas (Matt Berry), as well as Gothic IT technician Richmond Avenal (Noel Fielding).
Here's a quick look back at some the best (and funniest) moments from The IT Crowd's first series:
This isn't NBC's first trip down the rabbit hole when it comes to tackling an adaptation. In 2007, the network shot a pilot with Joel McHale, Jessica St. Clair, and Ayoade that was critically shredded by fans online. In 2014, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. Television made another attempt that would end in failure.
Linehan is currently at work on BBC Two comedy Motherland with Sharon Horgan; and has also worked on a number of other series, including Brass Eye and The Fast Show.